2020 Jeep Wrangler red front view climbing rocks

Approach and departure angle for the Wrangler and Gladiator

2020 Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator ground clearance specs

The Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator are both built for going off-road. If you don’t believe us, then take a look at the 2020 Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator ground clearance specs. Not only we will show you all those specs, but we will always tell you what they mean.

2020 Jeep Gladiator silver front view going downhillWhat is the ground clearance of the 2020 Wrangler and Gladiator?

The Jeep Wrangler has impressive ground clearance to start with. With 10.8-inches of ground clearance, the Wrangler can clear more than nearly any other vehicle in its class. If there was any doubt that the Gladiator has the same platform of the Wrangler, the Gladiator has 10-inches of ground clearance.

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As with most of these specs, they can be improved with bigger tires and other upgrades and the Gladiator and Wrangler are both built to be easily modified with these types of upgrades allowing you to push the clearance beyond 11 inches without any major changes.

2020 Jeep Wrangler red back view climbing rocksWhat are approach and departure angles?

There are three major angles that every off-roader pays attention to. They are approach angle, breakover angle, and departure angle. The approach angle is the max angle of a ramp from a horizontal surface that a vehicle can climb without any interference. The departure angle is the same except going from the ramp to the horizontal surface with regards to the rear of the vehicle.

The breakover angle is a little more complicated. Imagine your vehicle traveling up one ramp and transitioning to another ramp traveling downward. Breakover angle is the maximum angle of these two ramps (measured as a supplementary angle) that allows your vehicle to progress without tires leaving the ground and without any other part of your vehicle scraping.


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2020 Jeep Wrangler side view diagram with anglesApproach and departure angles for the 2020 Wrangler and Gladiator

Now that we know what those angles are, we can freely discuss them. It is worth noting that the Jeep Wrangler is available in both 2-door and 4-door (Unlimited) configurations. Since the Unlimited is physically longer, we will have to explore both configurations.

Wrangler 2-door Wrangler 2-door Gladiator
Approach Angle: 44.0 Degrees 43.9 Degrees 40.8 Degrees
Breakover Angle: 27.8 Degrees 22.6 Degrees 18.4 Degrees
Departure Angle: 37.0 Degrees 37.0 Degrees 25.0 Degrees

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